Looking for a blended classroom that is rich in options, yet fairly simple to use?  Look no more, Canvas is your answer.  Watch this video to take a look at what this can do for you!

Dr. Potts, Ann Dark and myself went to a demonstration yesterday, and we were all very excited to see the possibilities.  Ann has already set up a class!  Jeff Baxter is going to get trained tomorrow and plans to “test the waters”.   Gretchen Meyers took the jump as well.   I understand that this or some other LMS will be available to use starting this fall.

If you want to get started now, below is a link to a help document.  The BVNW TIS, Nicholas Deffer has created this incredible step by step to help you get set up.

Link To Canvas Help Document

He also created a “shell” in Canvas for you to pull from to get started on the right foot.  I have been building my own, so I can definitely work with you as you move forward.  Let me know how I can help!


YouTube – How to Loop

It is so simple, just right-click on the video and select loop. MAC users, use 2 fingers to right-click.

Works great when you post photos to YouTube for end of end of year presentations.  I use Movie Maker to make my slideshows, with just a couple of clicks.  Then I save my movie to my computer and upload to YouTube.  If you have a small number of photos, you can use YouTube Slideshow as well! This app takes some time for them to load, so this is why I jump into Movie Maker to do this if I have a lot of photos.  Movie Maker is on your Windows 10 laptop.  MAC folks, you can use Movie Maker.

OneDrive on the iPad

There was a day in BV where the iPad would not work inherently with the iPad to view and edit the users working files (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Well, that day o365-in-ipadis gone!  If you have your working files in OneDrive, then you can also work with them on an iPad (and other devices, but that is a different post)!

If you still have your working files on the HDrive, what are you waiting for.  Move them to the cloud!  Directions


Blogger is a wonderful WEB2oOL to use to create blogs.  This is a great option if you want your students to create their own blogs.  BV Students can login with their BV Google accounts, create and start publishing posts.  Student directions: blogger-instructions-bv-students


Integration Idea:

  • World Language has a travel unit in which they ask their students to create a Blog.  Ask Emily Brown about how she is using this WEB2oOL with her Spanish students!


Looking for a free online poster/graphic maker? is brilliant!  Empowering the world to design is their motto, and they do just that.  There are templates for just about all of your design needs.  Here are a couple of examples.


I took the one above and created this poster to assist my folks with WIFI issues.  I posted this to twitter and on our student links page.   In addition to downloading the graphic, you can export as a link, and embed code.   This WEB2OOL also allows you to add collaborators and complete a project together.  You can also sign in with your BV Google account, one less password to remember!





  • Quizlet Live – this is the old quizlet, but in a fun game format.  Your kids will love this! S/O to Meyers for showing me this new feature!

Google Drive:

  • Google Forms – Forms is one of the best WEB2oOLS, ever!  Say goodbye to “reply to all”!  Collect data, easily and organized with Google Forms and so much more. S/O to Alsin for sharing the idea of lab data collection!
  • New Feature in Google Forms – You can add an option to attach files to your Forms… thank you Google!
  • Google Slides – Online “PowerPoint” presentation WEB2oOL.  Check out some great tech integration ideas! S/O to Dark for getting this going!
  • Create Shareable Link Between Student and Teacher – Bluevalley student and staff email domains are different (.NET VS .ORG).  With that said, learn how to correctly share documents via a link between students and staff.  Teachers, our students need your help on this.


  • Overview of BV Onedrive for Students – Our students are set up perfectly to be able to work on files at school and then at home if they simply save to their BV OneDrive.  Check out their digital workflow, they really need your help on this!  I have trained many ELA classrooms, let me know if you want me to train your students, too.  S/O to Rhodes, PWaldorf, Wilson and Jacobs for getting your students #DigitallyOrganized!


  • OneDrive for Teachers – have you synced, yet?  Dozens of staff at BVW are loving the ability to have 24/7 access to their work files. Make an appointment with me to sync up!  S/O to Meyers, Freestone & Ahnemann for jumping in!  Written Mac directions included.
  • Microsoft Forms – you can share with Authentication between domains!  So you can send a form (quiz) to your students and they have to login with their BV credentials to take it… WOWZA!


Chemistry PLC – Mike Alsin, Cheryl Myers & Brad banning

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TIS-TALK_500Communication Reminders:

  • Morning Announcements was moved from School Center to OneNote Online.
    • I sent an email on January 5th with details on how to handle the invitation.  Please, let me help you with this workflow.  It is really easy once you load it to your desktop application.
    • If you need an invitation, let me know as well.  I think I got everyone!
    • Some additional information, student and parents can view morning announcements from the same links off of the BVW homepage and off of student links (no sign in required).
    • Last, please only type onto the pages, do not drop files.  While the advantage of file dropping is one of the best feature of OneNote, the main reason we do not want you to do this is simple.  This makes for a 1 page print out for our readers, instead of 7 – 10 each day!
  • Are you using the Faculty OneNote?  If yes, reply on this post and tell me what you love the most!  If not, please set a time with me to assist you with how to use this.  It is a searchable, ever changing Notebook that you can reference to get all of the information about schedules, events, processes and procedures. Check out the Event Schedules section for details of the years big events at BVW!  S/O to Hile and Phan for taking the lead on updating this beast!

Tech Info:

  • Helpdesk is new!  Note that you can no longer email helpdesk.  You need to submit tickets via the web ( ) or call 4080.  Students and parents can submit requests as well.  See the post for full details!
  • Windows 10 – if you continue to experience issues with sound or display while docking, please complete a helpdesk ticket.  Sleeping your laptop each time you dock/undock has worked wonders.  Please, do a helpdesk ticket if it is impeding instruction.  Vong can show you some options, but definitely use Sleep Mode!
  • Print Logic – this is the new print server.  If you need a “non-ricoh” printer installed, complete a helpdesk ticket including your BVTag (on the computer) and what printer you want attached and Vong will take care of it.
  • If students need assistance with using the technology, please refer them to me! I am getting more questions about file management with OneDrive.  Kids are pretty excited when they learn how to use this correctly.  Either give them my email, call me or email me directly.  I am here to help all Jaguars!
  • Do you want me to train your students on OneDrive, or any other technology.  That is what I am here to do!  Contact me and we can do this!  My schedule is already filling up with training sessions, so let me know!
  • School Center – please check your email from January 3rd from Kristy Sailors regarding the status of this product.  I hope to have some more definitive details next week, so stay tuned!


  • VR/360 – check it out! Here is an example.  Use your mouse to pan around.


I have a Pinterest Board! You can view the page without having a Pinterest account, but to view the images, you must sign in.  If you want to login, you can use your BV Google Account to login. Here is a link to some educational cartoons:

Here are some of my favorites.



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VR/360 Degree View

You have probably seen the commercials on TV selling the Virtual Reality glasses. Or maybe you have heard the acronym VR, which stands for Virtual Reality.  Or maybe you have seen the number 360 on videos and are wondering what that means (360 videos allow you to pan in all directions as you watch it = 360 degrees).  You can bring a small taste of this to your classroom!  Check out these sites:

New BV ITS Helpdesk System

I am excited to present the NEW Helpdesk System!   You submit tickets (A.K.A. requests or incident) via the web or you can still call 4080.  Note that you can no longer email helpdesk.  The link to the new website is on the BVW Teacher Links page.  Additionally, if a student or parent needs assistance, there is a link to their helpdesk form on the BVW Parent Links and Student Links pages (same form).

Some of the main changes include:

  • You must submit your request via the web ( or call 4080.
  • You have an opportunity to “Self Service” your issue quickly by searching the helpdesk website for solutions (How to Search for Solutions)
  • You can view a list of the most popular solutions (problems).
  • There is a notifications section for IT announcements.
  • You can look up the status of your request.
  • You will get status updates via email from
  • You can look at closed requests.

new-helpdeskI believe that this new system will bring better communication on current issues and solutions as well as the ability to assist you with immediate solutions that you can apply in just a few minutes, before you put in your request.  Of course, you can still put in a request and you will get Vong (at BVW), or other BV IT personnel to help you.

O365: Forms with Authentication between Students and Teachers

This is a great WEB2oOL to use to collect data. This is similar to Google Forms, but it has one feature that has been missing.  BV folks can send between Teacher and Student and require authentication.

BV Staff and Students all have access to this WEB2oOL in their BV O365 account.  It is simple to use.  You can create one easily by logging into your account at . Then click the Forms app and create!


Watch my video tutorial to see how you can send between teachers and students and require a login.  This is super for quizzes, voting or anything where you want to ensure that the user is who they say that they are.

Teacher Integration Ideas:

  • Collect parent information at Back to School Night.
  • Collect data from a science lab, then share the response sheet to the class for analysis.
  • Use as a sign up for limited seats, for example to sign up for JAG during PLC.  Use form limiter to limit the number in attendance.
  • Collect data with surveys.
  • Convert office/clerical forms to Google Forms.
  • Students can grade student presentations as they watch to provide additional feedback from their peers.
  • Use the Quizzes feature to collect AFL data from students.